Chesapeake Area Metalworking Society

Review of 23 January 2001 Meeting
Mason District Governmental Center 
6507 Columbia Pike 
Falls Church, VA


The gang settling in for our January meeting.


Luther Dietrich presented an update on the clubs progress in
restoring machines in our display at the Tuckahoe museum.




Tonight was catalog exchange night and the
browsing started well before the meeting began.


During the time before the meeting began, we also learned that one our members had passed away. Mrs. Charles Eyer (in photo above, back to camera, in blue jacket) came to the meeting to let us know that Charles was gone. She also told us about what the club had meant to him and how she would continue to follow us on the web.



Don Nichols brought several interesting tools to demonstrate. Here he is shown
inserting a riv-nut in a hole in a strip of sheet metal that he used to demonstrate.


This is the riv-nut insertion tool.


Other items Don had for show and tell.... on left, a large shaper tool holder,
in front are several riv-nut tools, top right is a fancy knurling tool for a
lathe tailstock, and in the rear is the tailstock from his Emco-Maier lathe
with a newly fabricated handle for the clamping screw.



Dave Bluett got up to encourage members to attend the upcoming
Cabin Fever show (as if encouragement was needed) and offered
to make up name tags for club members.



Chris Helgesen brought in his latest project, a collet closer drawbar
for his Monarch 10EE. He asked for opinions about the size of the
handwheel and as usual our members are never short of opinions!



Terry Elder told us about his latest project to round up a batch of good quality
old air compressors and rebuild them. He discussed the merits of different
brands and how industrial compressors differ from home shop units.



Kevin Brady continued with the reports about his quest to build an electric
casting furnace. He has progressed to the stage of making the electric elements and
brought in examples of the heater wire and explained how it was selected and used.


After the meeting, the catalogs were picked over until little was left.


The meeting broke up around 11 PM and, as usual, a few hardy soles retired to IHOP for food.

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